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63 A notable feature of this focus on agency in the present context is the new attention given to enactment rather than discourse, together with a fresh awareness of the productive openness and individualizing potential created by the gap between langue and parole as a space of indetermination, hence of individual intention and action. Indeed, David Gary Shaw would go so far as to suggest that the attempt to rehabilitate notions of agency and self allows a refurbished role for the rational,64 a rationality that emerges in the context of choice and interests, rather than functioning as a specified, discursive logic.
23. 61 Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven Rendall (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 1984):33. ,” History and Theory, 40(2001):6. , Les Formes de l’Expérience (Paris, 1995):30. ,” History and Theory, 40(2001):8. 65 Kathleen Canning, “Feminist History after the Linguistic Turn: Historicizing Discourse and Experience,” Signs, 19(1994):378. Toews, “Intellectual History After the Linguistic Turn,” American Historical Review, 92(1987):882. , p. 882. 68 Joan Scott, “The Evidence of Experience,” Critical Inquiry, 17(1991):793.
By proposing “semantic” in place of “semiotic” constructivism, these historians argue that no past use of a term determines its application to the next case, hence there always exists a domain of indeterminacy about which concept or convention is relevant and how it is to be construed. ”62 Agency, thus, consists in the adaptive and individual deployment of available, circulating meaning. 63 A notable feature of this focus on agency in the present context is the new attention given to enactment rather than discourse, together with a fresh awareness of the productive openness and individualizing potential created by the gap between langue and parole as a space of indetermination, hence of individual intention and action.